The Real Deal with Camille

True Stories of Life as an Entrepreneur

64. How to Grow in Any Environment | Erika Andresen | The Real Deal with Camille

Erika Andresen, CBCP, JD, MPA, is a recovering lawyer after nearly two decades in both the corporate finance world and the military. Erika became a subject matter expert on national security and disaster preparedness/response while advising different commands and also during high-risk situations in Afghanistan. Her work with actual disasters led her to attain a ... Read more

62. Creating Your Dream Job | Alison Ver Halen | The Real Deal with Camille Podcast

Alison Ver Halen majored in English and Psychology without realizing she was getting the perfect degree for content marketing. It wasn't until a few years after she graduated, when a family friend asked her to write blog posts for his law firm, that she realized she could make money doing what she loves. Fast forward ... Read more

60. Staying True to Your Path | Anita Swetman | The Real Deal with Camille Podcast

Anita, who lives in Warwickshire, United Kingdom with her husband, is described as a kind, caring and calm lady, who has strong positivity and determination to help other people. She is a very proud stepmother to two amazing children and is also a national-multi-gold-award-winning beauty therapist and massage therapist to A-listers. When Anita is not ... Read more

58. Quit Going Through the Motions | Noelle Peterson | The Real Deal with Camille Podcast

Noelle Peterson is passionate about helping women step into their identity and power so that they can create the life they desire. She is the author of Dream Life Planner: Move From Tired and Overwhelmed to Free and Empowered, co-author of Achieve Wellness, and the pretty half of the Smiling Coaching Couple. Noelle helps women ... Read more

56. Where to Find Happiness | Reagan Rodriguez | The Real Deal with Camille Podcast

Reagan Rodriguez is a Futurist, and CAFÉ Fund Manager for an Alternative Energy Fund as well as a Humanitarian Fund. Oxford Educated from the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, and what he is more excited about is being in England for the entire summer for the Asset Owner Sustainability Leadership Programme that blends the ... Read more

55. Focus on the Why | Brandon Mahoney | The Real Deal with Camille Podcast

Over the past decade, Brandon Mahoney has operated as a passionate Start-up and Sales Leader that would best be described as a data-driven, people person. Interpreting the numbers is how he makes decisions on how to help Startups and Entrepreneurs reach new and ever-increasing levels of success. During our discussion Brandon makes some great points ... Read more

How The Real Deal with Camille Got Started

Somewhere in the middle of 2021 my husband popped into my office and gave me a wake-up call. He said he didn’t know what was going on with me, but I had better figure it out because it was clear I wasn’t happy and that was making our whole family miserable.

Message received! I did some soul searching, talked with my head coach, and decided to revive my coaching business.

I had been coaching in some form or the other since about 2015, but since 2017 my primary focus had been on my financial services business, Serenity Financial. While I was very talented in that field and my team was kicking butt, I just didn’t love doing it the way I love coaching.

To help relaunch my coaching business I hired a branding coach, Iris Culp with IC Growth. During one of our sessions she briefly told me to start recording my story of rebuilding the coaching business. She said she didn’t know what we’d do with the recording but just start doing it.

When I hire a coach I typically do what they say, so I started recording. I finished working with Iris, launched The Optimized Zone, and kept on recording my journey. (Iris completely forgot she even said anything, but you can hear more about that when her episode comes out.)

In the meantime I carried on with my current podcast, MoneyHeart. After recording over 100 episodes, I realized that while that show was well aligned with my financial services brand, it was not well aligned with my business coaching brand.

I knew I needed to end MoneyHeart but I had no idea what to do next… I know. I’m a little slow sometimes. Finally it hit me. Use all those recordings I’d been making over the past year and add in some guest episodes to create a new show. Duh! I only had about 60 solo recordings done at the time, lol.

Knowing MoneyHeart was ending I started asking the remaining guests if they would stay on for a few minutes extra and record something for my new show. They always said yes. And just like that, The Real Deal with Camille started to come together.

The Real Deal with Camille is about true stories of life as an entrepreneur. So many people claim that business life and personal life must stay separate. The reality is that when you’re an entrepreneur you are your business. What happens in your life affects how you show up at work whether you want it to or not.

In this show you’re getting the real me. My true story. The ups, the downs, the personal stuff, the business stuff, and all the messy in between. It’s never as easy as it looks from the outside but for me it’s always worth it.

I’ve been exceptionally fortunate that my guests have trusted me to share their stories as well. It’s my hope that by sharing our stories we can lift other entrepreneurs and inspire them to keep going. There is no overnight success, but there is plenty of success to be had.

I hope you’ll join us by listening to and sharing these true stories of life as an entrepreneur.



Enjoy the journey.